Guinea coach Kaba Diawara has revealed his happiness at earning revenge against Gambia after handing them a 1-0 defeat in their Africa Cup of Nations fixture on Friday.
Mohamed Bayo’s goal in the second half gave Guinea a key win in Group C after losing to the same opponents at the 2021 finals.
“This victory is payback for that previous loss which was so hard to take,” Diawara told reporters has quotes by CAFOnline, adding: “Winning is more important because it shows we’ve improved over two years and worked hard to get better.”
On the overall analysis of his team, Diawara said: “What didn’t go well early on was our lack of efficiency, but after changes, things improved. Creating chances is the hard part, now we just need to finish them off, and that will come in time.”
Guinea will now face Senegal in their final group game and Diawara is confident they will beat the Lions of Teranga, who qualified for the round of 16 after beating Cameroon 3-1.
“Facing Senegal will be the group’s biggest game and we’re aiming to beat the champions, not just play them,” he said, adding: “With four points already, we’re targeting top spot and trying to qualify in first place from the group.”